Makurdi, the Benue State capital at the weekend witnessed a high influx of displaced persons who were said to be fleeing from Anyilamo, Logo local government, Daudu in Guma local government and Yelwata, a border town with Nasarawa state following an attack on these areas by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
This is even as the State Police Command said three (3) soldiers were rescued from the hands of youths who beat and inflicted serious head injuries on them in Kwande local government area of the state.
The Police Public Relations’ Officer, DSP Daniel Ezeala who said this in a text message to Peoplesdaily correspondent, maintained that the military officers who were on duty, had traveled along the area where there was heavy fighting between the people and Fulani herdsmen but unfortunately they became victims of attack by irate youths. He said that they have since been handed over to military authorities while patrol has been intensified around the route.
At North bank area of Makurdi, hundreds of families were seen with their luggage looking stranded.
A resident of the area, Emeka Anyaogu, who is former special assistant in the immediate past administration said, “ a lot of displaced people were seen in the area causing panic amongst the resident. Parents hurriedly picked their children and wards from schools while most shops at the North Bank market were closed down. But there is a large presence of soldiers and relative peace and calm has been restored to the area”, he said.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ Benue State chapter in a statement signed by its chairman, Mr. Kris Atsaka and made available to Peoplesdaily, condemned in strong terms the incessant attacks on Benue communities by suspected Fulani marauders and called on the State government to as a matter of urgency set up refugee camps to accommodate displaced persons.